Google Video going dark May 13

googlevideo.jpgLong before Google acquired YouTube, it had its own rival video service, aptly titled Google Video. True, Google Video never had the viral power of YouTube, but it was a place where you could upload video content that was longer than YouTube’s 5 minute limit. And even though the site hasn’t allowed uploads since 2009, there’s still a lot of content there – some 2.8 million videos, according to Google Operating System.

Google Video became a video search engine rather than a storage and sharing site, but now it’s official: it’s shutting down. Effective April 29, videos will no longer be available for playback. If you’ve uploaded files there, you have until May 13 to download your content.

Looks like you’ll have to find the Star Wars Holiday Special someplace else, kids. In seriousness, it was a fine service, but has since become pretty redundant. I hope Archive.org can scrape all the vids before they close it.

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